Girls Day At Our Local Gems! Volant, PA and Apple Castle! We made a lunch feast with our finds! 3 Recipes included!

Recipes in this blog:

Maple Vinaigrette

Tofu Sour Cream

Hot Banana Peppers and Tomatoes

There are so many local places to spend the day and get some great finds!  Molly and I spent a lovely afternoon in Volant, PA.  I found an antique milk bottle at Cottage House Antiques that I plant to use with my homemade plant milk.  I will try oat milk first… recipe and instructions to come!  We walked the entire little town and got wine-sickles at The Knockin Noggin… Cidery and Winery.  We bought the cutest earrings at the Purple Paisley.  We stopped in Box Car Cigar… to talk to some of Molly’s high school classmates that were working there… Shout out to Ben Marzano and Patrick Wheeler!

Vegan’s… heads up!  There were real fruit smoothies made with almond milk at … Miss Scarlett’s Gift Parlor

We bought some Maple Balsamic Vinegar at Liquid Infusions to take home for our lunch.  Volant Winery was amazing and Rhonda could not have been nicer!  We got some gifts for some upcoming birthdays…. shhhhhhhh!  We can’t say what or who for!

We finished up our afternoon at Apple Castle!  We bought some beautiful locally grown lettuce and tomatoes!  Of course we got some apples too!  We stopped at Combine Brothers for some amazing Italian rolls that are made without oil.  They are not whole grain but they are nice for a treat… once in a while.  We also went to Farrell Golden Dawn to buy some hot hungarian banana peppers!  Lunch was baked potatoes topped with tofu sour cream… Bushes vegetarian baked beans and a huge salad with our fresh locally grown lettuce and tomatoes.  For our appetizer… hot banana pepper tomato stir fry with delicious Italian rolls!

Maple Vinaigrette

3 Tablespoons of GOOD Balsamic Vinegar  

2 Tablespoons of rice wine vinegar

2-3 Tablespoons of dijon mustard (depends on how much you like mustard)

1 Tablespoon of good pure maple syrup 

Put in a blender or shaker… sooooooooo good! 

Toss with fresh greens/salad and top with some Mrs Dash salt free seasonings. 


Tofu Sour Cream

You will need a block of firm silken tofu

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons of white vinegar

a pinch of salt

1-2 teaspoons agave or your favorite sweetener 

Blend in a high speed blender… good sour cream substitute! 


Hot Banana Peppers and Tomatoes

1 large bell pepper cut into strips

5-6 hot banana peppers tops removed and cut in half (I leave seeds in for hotness… you can remove them)  AND WEAR GLOVES IF YOU ARE SENSITIVE

1 15 oz can of stewed tomatoes

1/2 to 1 cup vegetable broth

1/2 teaspoon of salt 

In a dry non stick pan start to saute the peppers … the seeds may pop and crackle and the peppers will start to slightly brown… just stir them around while they are starting to soften. At this time add the tomatoes and a splash of broth…. keep cooking over medium heat and stirring and adding splashes of vegetable broth to keep things moist.  When the peppers are soft and the tomatoes have coated them all with a sauce they are done.  So good with crusty bread!  


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